Teen years are unlike any other phase in a person’s life. It is when a person starts discovering oneself, learns new ways of life and also faces terrible challenges, trials and tribulations. A growing teen may either sail smoothly into adult life, or may experience hurdles that tend to affect one’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. That is when parents must intervene and provide support.
Setting boundaries from your teen, giving them personal space and making them independent is crucial on a parental front. However, in doing so, do not ignore their cry for help. Every teen wants freedom, space and an environment to practice their individuality, but they’re also vulnerable, scared and unaware of the bitter world, making them very much prone to depression.
Mayo Clinic defines teenage depression as a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities.
“It affects how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems,” the health body explains.
That said, while your teenager may not make it obvious, they may show signs of struggle.